Yosemite held Pride event — and now there are calls for boycotts. Here’s what happened

Yosemite National Park became the latest target of boycott threats after hosting a Pride parade for park staff. Here’s what happened.

Popular drag queen and environmentalist Pattie Gonia posted a TikTok showing a Pride parade for park staff on June 8 that quickly went viral.

“Hello, in case you didn’t know, gay people are literally taking over the National Park System,” they say in the video, which shows participants hiking through the park with pride flags and attire.

Pattie Gonia then describes how they helped throw Pride at Yosemite for the third year in a row.

“As you can see, there are literal hundreds of queer Yosemite employees,” the drag queen, whose personal identity is Wyn Wiley, says in the video. “We danced. We marched. We celebrated. And we got wet. I am so proud of all the community organizers in the park system who are making safe space for queer people all year round.

@pattiegonia all parks are gay now, those are the rules. #pride #yosemite #queer ♬ original sound - pattiegonia

“No planet, no Pride,” they added. “Mother Nature is a lesbian. Goodbye.”

The video caught the attention of conservative commentator and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, who shared it with his 2.3 million Twitter followers.

“Now even our national parks are hosting drag queens for ‘Pride Month’,” Kirk said.

His post inspired some of his followers to suggest boycotting the park.

“It’s time to boycott Yosemite!!!” one said.

“Looks like we’ll skip the hike today,” someone else said.

“I won’t be going there anymore,” another commented.

The park received some negative comments on a statement about the parade it posted on Instagram, with some joking about conservative boycotts.

“What in the bud light at target is going on here,” one asked, seemingly sarcastically.

“Please promise us you’ll try and cancel Yosemite,” someone replied. “I’m being serious. If you conservatives are so upset that they’re showing support for us then please by all means stay home and drink your Coors light and then maybe just maybe the park will be enjoyable again without the crowds.”

An employee who works as a refrigerator technician at the park chimed in to share their disappointment at the hate on the post and to wish everyone a happy Pride month.

“I’m extremely grateful for this incredible community, this is the first workplace I’ve ever felt safe being out of the closet,” they said.

Elsewhere on social media, people even welcomed the boycott.

“Yosemite posted a pride post (literally just park rangers with pride flags) and people in the comments are having straight meltdowns,” someone said on Twitter. “Hoping they boycott so the crowds get smaller.”

It was not Pattie Gonia’s first partnership to instigate boycott threats. After starring in an advertisement for The North Face’s Pride month campaign, some threatened to boycott the brand, Newsweek reported.

After Bud Light and Target publicly supported transgender people and drag queens in their Pride month campaigns, many conservatives pledged to boycott the companies — and any others that followed suit.

Target and Bud Light backtracked after the backlash, with Target taking down Pride displays in many of its stores. But most Americans say big retailers should publicly support the LGBTQ+ community and keep their Pride displays, according to recent studies by GLAAD and Data for Progress.

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